Fairness and equality should be at the heart of the debate. My partner (of 29 years) will only inherit half of my pension, for example. Those whose marriage is recognized by the state would inherit 100 percent. Social Security benefits are closed to non-married partners. How is this fair?
James F. Davis, Gulph Mills
It’s all about votes
With the pressure building to complete his “evolving,” President Obama has been squeezed into declaring, “For me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Leaving aside the overuse of the first person, it is telling that the relevant phrase is “it is important for me.” Polling and constituency pressure forced Obama to declare what he may or may not feel. It’s all about votes.
Stephen Hanover, Parker Ford
Rise up and speak out
Even Charles Darwin would be proud of President Obama’s evolution process on gay marriage. One can understand his “closet”-like approach, ever vacillating in his mind as he tries to reconcile with his Christian tenets. Now he must fight for this right. No need to tiptoe around core beliefs. Rise up and loudly proclaim what you believe.
Larry A. Wernick, Fort Washington
Obama is a fraud
What a blatant fraud President Obama is. Everything he does is for the fringes of his constituency. First, the “greens,” with the delay of the Keystone pipeline, and now the gay marriage issue. He seems to have evolved pretty quickly, yet has had the audacity to accuse Mitt Romney of flip-flopping on health care. Evolve means to develop gradually over time. This evolution took all of three days since Vice President Biden backed Obama into a corner.
Joe Pasquarello, Medford
Well done, Mr. President
Just as President Harry Truman ended racial discrimination in the U.S. armed forces, President Obama is setting an example to end gender discrimination in America by overturning the silly “Don’t Ask — Don’t Tell” policy and now by coming out not only for gay marriage, but for all gay rights in America. It takes real leadership and guts to counter the forces of prejudice and ignorance. Well done, Mr. President.
S. Reid Warren III, Elverson
True freedom of choice
Finally, the person I have supported from day one, President Obama, gave his approval on same-sex marriage. This should never have been an issue. What people do with their lives is their own business, as long as what they do does not inflict physical pain on others. Life is made easier when one is given true freedom of choice.
Gloria Gelman, Philadelphia